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Would-be bank robber calls police for help with drug problem

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Kane, 51, allegedly told investigators that he robbed the banks to support his drug habit. He is being held at the Pinellas County Jail. Kane, 51, allegedly told investigators that he robbed the banks to support his drug habit. He is being held at the Pinellas County Jail.
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

A 51-year-old man was arrested Friday on two counts of armed robbery in connection with a pair of bank robberies that occurred this week in Pinellas County.

William Richard Kane III was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $100,000. His arrest culminated an unusual incident outside of a St. Petersburg bank early Friday.

According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report Kane called for police assistance from outside of the Wells Fargo Bank location at 4125 4th St. North. When officers arrived the suspect told them he was depressed and had suicidal thoughts due to an addiction to narcotics.

Kane allegedly told authorities he was planning to rob the Wells Fargo Bank when he decided to call for help instead. The suspect also allegedly confessed to robbing banks in the area on Wednesday and Thursday due to his drug problem.

A preliminary investigation determined Kane robbed the Chase Bank on US Highway 19 in Pinellas Park on Thursday and the First Bank on Central Ave. in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

The suspect has a lengthy criminal record that includes three stints in the state prison system. Kane has been convicted of a variety of crimes in Pinellas County including drug possession, robbery and aggravated assault.

He was last released from state custody in 2008.

On Wednesday at approximately 11:30 a.m. Kane walked into the First Bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. The note implied he was armed but a gun was not seen.

The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled the scene on foot.

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